August 2022


Updated Land Acknowledgement Practice

The Switzer Foundation recognizes the evolving conversation regarding the intentions and effects of land acknowledgment statements. Reflecting our commitment to support the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples, we will now make a financial contribution to an Indigenous-led organization for every network event that we hold in addition to recognizing the past and present injustices that result in the occupation of Native lands. Recipient organizations are suggested by Switzer Fellows involved in leading the event. We invite you to read the updated statement and policy here, and we welcome questions or feedback at any time.

Leadership Grant Concept Letters Due September 1

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The Fall Leadership Grant cycle is underway! Submit your concept letter by September 1, 2022. If you plan to submit a concept letter, please make sure to contact Erin in advance of submission. Network Innovation and Professional Development Grants applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Leadership grants advance the skills and career of a Switzer Fellow by supporting the creation of a position. The maximum award for Leadership Grants has been increased this year to $60,000. Learn more about the program and check out recent recipients here. You can also watch the recording of our recent Grants Roundtable event to hear from past recipients in their own words.

Get to Know the New Switzer Trustees

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We’re excited to welcome three new members to the Switzer Foundation’s Board of Trustees this year: Michael Billingsley, Ekow Edzie and Roger Perez. This month we’re happy to highlight Ekow Edzie!

What motivated you to become a Switzer Foundation trustee?

I was inspired by my experience serving on the Fellows Advisory Committee (FAC). I joined the FAC seeking an opportunity to give back to the foundation out of gratitude for the incredible community I have found through the network and the doors that the fellowship opened for me. During my tenure on the FAC, I gained a new level of appreciation for the dedication, humility, and open-mindedness of the Switzer staff and trustees, as well as a renewed sense of awe for the incredible work that members of the Switzer Network advance around the world. 

What inspires you about the Switzer Network?

I am inspired by the dedication of Switzer Fellows and the spirit of mutual support that seems to permeate the Switzer community. I love seeing the range of projects that fellows are working on and the creativity that fellows bring to their work, consistently finding new angles to address thorny environmental challenges. I am also inspired by the humility of Switzer Fellows and fellows' motivation to connect and collaborate.

What unique perspectives or experiences will you contribute to the Switzer Foundation board?

As the foundation asks hard questions about how to best meet the needs of the future, I hope to be able to leverage the skillset I developed as a mediator to help the board approach these questions thoughtfully and with an eye towards incorporating a diverse set of perspectives. My perspective and approach to serving on the board will also be influenced by my experience serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and my broad experience living and working internationally. Through these experiences I have learned to (try to) approach challenges with an open mind and to listen first. 

2022 Switzer Fellows featured in University Press: 

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AAPI Switzer Fellows Social

Thursday, September 22, 2022. Noon-1 pm PDT / 3-4 pm EDT

Based on responses to the survey about creating a space for Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) identifying Switzer Fellows, Meghna Marjadi and Diana Fu will be hosting an inaugural virtual gathering in September. The goal of this event is to get to know one another, share experiences of being AAPI in environmental fields, create community, and design future programming for AAPI fellows and other groups. Any all all Switzer Fellows who identify as AAPI are invited for a casual session of socializing, small group discussions, and brainstorming. Sign up here!


Thank you to everyone who has been sharing opportunities on the Switzer Fellows listserv! We encourage you to keep posting jobs that come your way. If you have a connection to the hiring organization and are willing to be contacted, please include that information when you forward the posting. If a fellow has a connection, we will include it in this section each month.

You are also invited to join our private LinkedIn Group. This is another space to connect with other Switzer Fellows and stay up to date on the latest opportunities and news.

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